Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-20 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Tobias, 21/05/2012 01:32:

On 05/17/2012 07:22 PM, Tom Morris wrote:

You forgot one biggie: he has run the London Wikipedia meetup which
first started in June 2004 has now met 57 times.

Hong Kong has met more often, but London is, I believe, the Original
and Best (in all 57 varieties).*


According tosurban legends/s  meta[1], Munich's meetup in 2003 was
the first.


Was Fantasy responsible of instigating the first UK and HK meetup too, 
besides the first German, (Swiss? and) Italian ones? :)


Nemo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-19 Thread Jon Robson
Hurray for even more Britishness in the SF office! Congrats!
On 19 May 2012 06:59, Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com wrote:

 Congrtz James!

 On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM, Patricio Molina
 patriciomol...@gmail.comwrote:

  Congratulations, James!
 
  Patricio Molina
  http://twitter.com/patriciomolina
 
  On 17/05/2012, at 13:52, Howie Fung hf...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
   Everyone,
  
   It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
   Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
   Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
   and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
   member.
  
   James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on
   the Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community
   feedback into the development process.
  
   As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
   contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding
   member of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement’s
   volunteer Chief Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of
   what is today the Research Committee, has for years been the
   “gopher-in-chief” at the Wikimania community conferences, and helped
   found Wikimedia UK in 2005.
  
   James joins us following a successful career in the UK government,
   where he implemented key open access and open government initiatives.
   Most recently, he was the acting Head of data.gov.uk, and then the
   Digital Engagement Policy Lead in the Government Digital Service, both
   at the Cabinet Office. James holds a Masters of Engineering in
   Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
  
   Beyond technology, James has strong interests in international
   politics, physics, communications, economics, law, the constitutional
   history of Britain, and education.
  
   Please join me in welcoming James!
  
   Howie
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-18 Thread Nurunnaby Chowdhury
Congrtz James!

On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM, Patricio Molina
patriciomol...@gmail.comwrote:

 Congratulations, James!

 Patricio Molina
 http://twitter.com/patriciomolina

 On 17/05/2012, at 13:52, Howie Fung hf...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Everyone,
 
  It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
  Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
  Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
  and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
  member.
 
  James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on
  the Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community
  feedback into the development process.
 
  As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
  contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding
  member of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement’s
  volunteer Chief Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of
  what is today the Research Committee, has for years been the
  “gopher-in-chief” at the Wikimania community conferences, and helped
  found Wikimedia UK in 2005.
 
  James joins us following a successful career in the UK government,
  where he implemented key open access and open government initiatives.
  Most recently, he was the acting Head of data.gov.uk, and then the
  Digital Engagement Policy Lead in the Government Digital Service, both
  at the Cabinet Office. James holds a Masters of Engineering in
  Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
 
  Beyond technology, James has strong interests in international
  politics, physics, communications, economics, law, the constitutional
  history of Britain, and education.
 
  Please join me in welcoming James!
 
  Howie
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Howie Fung
Everyone,

It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
member.

James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on
the Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community
feedback into the development process.

As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding
member of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement’s
volunteer Chief Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of
what is today the Research Committee, has for years been the
“gopher-in-chief” at the Wikimania community conferences, and helped
found Wikimedia UK in 2005.

James joins us following a successful career in the UK government,
where he implemented key open access and open government initiatives.
Most recently, he was the acting Head of data.gov.uk, and then the
Digital Engagement Policy Lead in the Government Digital Service, both
at the Cabinet Office. James holds a Masters of Engineering in
Computer Science from the University of Warwick.

Beyond technology, James has strong interests in international
politics, physics, communications, economics, law, the constitutional
history of Britain, and education.

Please join me in welcoming James!

Howie

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Chris Keating

 It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
 Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
 Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
 and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
 member.


Congratulations, James!

I hope this means the Visual Editor will use the correct spellings of words
like colour, axe, and aluminium, and will offer to make people tea. :-)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Katie Chan


Please join me in welcoming James!



Well, in our case it's more like waving good bye, but certainly 
congratulations!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Thomas Morton
On 17 May 2012 18:19, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:

 
  It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
  Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
  Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
  and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
  member.


 Congratulations, James!

 I hope this means the Visual Editor will use the correct spellings of words
 like colour, axe, and aluminium, and will offer to make people tea. :-)


Oh gods no, don't suggest it makes tea! Shades of Douglas Adams will come
to haunt us.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrimatic_drinks_dispenser#Nutrimatic_Drinks_Dispenser

And probably crash the servers.

Congrats James :)

Tom
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Tom Morris
On 17 May 2012 17:52, Howie Fung hf...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Everyone,

 It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
 Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
 Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
 and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
 member.

 James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on
 the Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community
 feedback into the development process.

 As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
 contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding
 member of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement’s
 volunteer Chief Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of
 what is today the Research Committee, has for years been the
 “gopher-in-chief” at the Wikimania community conferences, and helped
 found Wikimedia UK in 2005.


You forgot one biggie: he has run the London Wikipedia meetup which
first started in June 2004 has now met 57 times.

Hong Kong has met more often, but London is, I believe, the Original
and Best (in all 57 varieties).*

* The Heinz joke blatantly stolen from Jon Davies at Wikimedia UK.

Anyway, James F. knows more about Wikipedia than most people on the
planet. Good hire.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Kat Walsh
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Thomas Morton
morton.tho...@googlemail.com wrote:
 On 17 May 2012 18:19, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:

 
  It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
  Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
  Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
  and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
  member.


 Congratulations, James!

 I hope this means the Visual Editor will use the correct spellings of words
 like colour, axe, and aluminium, and will offer to make people tea. :-)


 Oh gods no, don't suggest it makes tea! Shades of Douglas Adams will come
 to haunt us.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrimatic_drinks_dispenser#Nutrimatic_Drinks_Dispenser

I should have figured someone would beat me to the Hitchhiker's Guide joke...

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Erik Zachte
Congrats James! I 'm looking forward to most tongue in cheek design
documents I have ever seen. :-)

Erik


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Product Analyst

Everyone,

It's my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday and
will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff member.

James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on the
Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community feedback
into the development process.

As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding member
of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement's volunteer Chief
Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of what is today the
Research Committee, has for years been the gopher-in-chief at the
Wikimania community conferences, and helped found Wikimedia UK in 2005.

James joins us following a successful career in the UK government, where he
implemented key open access and open government initiatives.
Most recently, he was the acting Head of data.gov.uk, and then the Digital
Engagement Policy Lead in the Government Digital Service, both at the
Cabinet Office. James holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science
from the University of Warwick.

Beyond technology, James has strong interests in international politics,
physics, communications, economics, law, the constitutional history of
Britain, and education.

Please join me in welcoming James!

Howie

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Thomas Morton
On 17 May 2012 18:25, Kat Walsh k...@mindspillage.org wrote:

 On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Thomas Morton
 morton.tho...@googlemail.com wrote:
  On 17 May 2012 18:19, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  
   It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
   Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
   Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
   and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
   member.
 
 
  Congratulations, James!
 
  I hope this means the Visual Editor will use the correct spellings of
 words
  like colour, axe, and aluminium, and will offer to make people tea. :-)
 
 
  Oh gods no, don't suggest it makes tea! Shades of Douglas Adams will come
  to haunt us.
 
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrimatic_drinks_dispenser#Nutrimatic_Drinks_Dispenser

 I should have figured someone would beat me to the Hitchhiker's Guide
 joke...


Your version was better :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Brad Patrick
+1 Congratulations, James!

On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier
gpaum...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org wrote:
 
  Anyway, James F. knows more about Wikipedia than most people on the
  planet. Good hire.

 This^

 One of the best hire the Foundation could ever make.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread James Alexander
Coffee? ... but not tea?

On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM, Richard Symonds 
richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 I'm still working my way through the brownies James left at our office only
 a few short days ago...

 James, you're always welcome in Dev House. There'll always be a seat
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 On 17 May 2012 20:25, Brad Patrick bradp@gmail.com wrote:

  +1 Congratulations, James!
 
  On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier
  gpaum...@wikimedia.orgwrote:
 
   On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org wrote:
   
Anyway, James F. knows more about Wikipedia than most people on the
planet. Good hire.
  
   This^
  
   One of the best hire the Foundation could ever make.
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Richard Symonds
No, tea is for staff and board members only.

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On 17 May 2012 21:02, James Alexander jalexan...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Coffee? ... but not tea?

 On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM, Richard Symonds 
 richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

  I'm still working my way through the brownies James left at our office
 only
  a few short days ago...
 
  James, you're always welcome in Dev House. There'll always be a seat
  available, and there'll always be a coffee.
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  On 17 May 2012 20:25, Brad Patrick bradp@gmail.com wrote:
 
   +1 Congratulations, James!
  
   On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier
   gpaum...@wikimedia.orgwrote:
  
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org
 wrote:

 Anyway, James F. knows more about Wikipedia than most people on the
 planet. Good hire.
   
This^
   
One of the best hire the Foundation could ever make.
   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Anirudh Bhati
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org wrote:

 Anyway, James F. knows more about Wikipedia than most people on the
 planet. Good hire.


+1

Great choice! :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Kim Bruning
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 09:52:23AM -0700, Howie Fung wrote:
 Everyone,
 
 It?s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
 Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
 Editor team.

Took your time!

Nice to see James at WMF, where he can get into the proper kinds of trouble. :-)


sincerely,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Michael Peel

On 17 May 2012, at 21:33, Kim Bruning wrote:

 On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 01:02:30PM -0700, James Alexander wrote:
 Coffee? ... but not tea?
 
 
 Despite the stereotype, brits tend to drink more coffee than tea. ;-)

That depends on the brit - I know my average ratio is about 5 cups of tea to 1 
coffee. ;-)

Congratulations to James on his appointment - and darn you, WMF, for quietly 
and quickly hiring him without letting WMUK get our hands on him first!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Erik Moeller
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Kat Walsh k...@mindspillage.org wrote:
 Also, I am having serious trouble wrapping my mind around James living
 outside the UK.

We've confirmed through experimental visits to San Francisco that
James can in fact exist outside the UK in a stable state. But let's
face it -- we'll either see some significant changes in James'
Britishness, or we'll see Californians increasingly pick up some new
and strange habits. I'm betting it's the latter.

On a more personal note, it's kind of funny - James and I probably
most frequently touched base in person at Wikimania, so whenever he
visits I get flashbacks of Wikimanias past. With James joining, and
some other recent additions, it's really gratifying to see WMF be more
and more a reflection of who we are.

We're very lucky that the timing has aligned for James to join us for
the Visual Editor project; I highly doubt we would have been able to
find the combination of skills (deep community expertise, ability to
ship product, technical depth) otherwise. He's an old colleague and
friend, and I look forward to working more closely with him. :-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread James Alexander
Here here!

It's a pile on at this point but I'm not sure I care. I honestly think this
is one of the best hires the foundation has ever made and am so incredibly
excited that I can't explain it properly. There have always been 2-3
Wikipedians who I would have classified as I'd give up my right foot to
have them work with us, James would even be in the category of I'd give
up my own job to have him working here. Having his unique combination of
skills, experience, talent and tact is an enormous boon for us and having
him here will help us not just in the visual editor group but across the
organization.

On a personal level I'm excited to have someone else local to debate
politics, law and economics with even (I already have a taste of how fun
that will be from his visits) even if he is at an advantage because he's
far less likely to ever get drunk while doing it.

James

On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Kat Walsh k...@mindspillage.org wrote:
  Also, I am having serious trouble wrapping my mind around James living
  outside the UK.

 We've confirmed through experimental visits to San Francisco that
 James can in fact exist outside the UK in a stable state. But let's
 face it -- we'll either see some significant changes in James'
 Britishness, or we'll see Californians increasingly pick up some new
 and strange habits. I'm betting it's the latter.

 On a more personal note, it's kind of funny - James and I probably
 most frequently touched base in person at Wikimania, so whenever he
 visits I get flashbacks of Wikimanias past. With James joining, and
 some other recent additions, it's really gratifying to see WMF be more
 and more a reflection of who we are.

 We're very lucky that the timing has aligned for James to join us for
 the Visual Editor project; I highly doubt we would have been able to
 find the combination of skills (deep community expertise, ability to
 ship product, technical depth) otherwise. He's an old colleague and
 friend, and I look forward to working more closely with him. :-)

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 Erik Möller
 VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] James Forrester joins WMF as Technical Product Analyst

2012-05-17 Thread Platonides
I don't think welcome is the appropiate word to say him :)
SO I sum myself to the other people on this thread saying instead:
Congratulations!


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